gconf_resource throws an exception if gconftool-2 is not found

Bug #832321 reported by Daniel Manrique
This bug affects 2 people
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Brendan Donegan
checkbox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The following job defined in jobs/resource.txt fails with an exception on Oneiric server systems that don't have gconf2 installed:

name: gconf
plugin: resource
command: gconf_resource | filter_templates -w 'name=.*proxy.*'

If run through checkbox, this results in the following exception dump:
2011-08-22 11:39:39,180 INFO Running command: gconf_resource | filter_templates -w 'name=.*proxy.*'
2011-08-22 11:39:39,251 DEBUG Started firing message-result.
2011-08-22 11:39:39,251 DEBUG Calling /usr/share/checkbox/plugins/message_info.py MessageInfo.message_result(pass, /bin/sh: gconfto
ol-2: not found
, 0.0698437690735) for message-result with priority 0.
2011-08-22 11:39:39,252 DEBUG Started firing message-file.
2011-08-22 11:39:39,252 DEBUG Calling /usr/share/checkbox/plugins/message_info.py MessageInfo.message_file(<StringIO.StringIO ins
tance at 0x2c86998>) for message-file with priority 0.
2011-08-22 11:39:39,252 ERROR Error running event handler /usr/share/checkbox/plugins/message_info.py MessageInfo.message_file(<StringIO.StringIO instance at 0x2c86998>) for event type 'message-file'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/checkbox/reactor.py", line 74, in fire
    results.append(handler(*args, **kwargs))
  File "/usr/share/checkbox/plugins/message_info.py", line 86, in message_file
    messages = template.load_file(file, filename)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/checkbox/lib/template_i18n.py", line 131, in load_file
    elements = super(TemplateI18n, self).load_file(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/checkbox/lib/template.py", line 132, in load_file
    % (filename, line)
Exception: Template <stream> parse error at: /bin/sh: gconftool-2: not found

Steps to reproduce:

On an Oneiric server system, which doesn't install gconf2 by default :

cd /usr/share/checkbox/scripts

./gconf_resource | ./filter_templates -w 'name=.*proxy.*'

Expected result:
A list of gconf name: and value: pairs

Actual result:

/bin/sh: gconftool-2: not found

Checkbox has problems parsing this, which results in the above error trace.

A possible solution would be to modify gconf_resource so that it outputs nothing if the command can't be run or found. An elegant solution would be to add a requires: package.name == 'gconf2' to the job definition, but requires (I think) aren't checked at this point during the gathering phase.

Related branches

Ara Pulido (ara)
Changed in checkbox:
assignee: nobody → Canonical Hardware Certification (canonical-hw-cert)
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → 0.12.5
status: New → Triaged
Ara Pulido (ara)
Changed in checkbox:
milestone: 0.12.5 → 0.12.6
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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote :

Working on this - just getting setup to reproduce the problem now.

Changed in checkbox:
assignee: Canonical Hardware Certification (canonical-hw-cert) → Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan)
status: Triaged → In Progress
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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote :

How is this bug possible? Checkbox depends on gconf2. Under what circumstances is it not installed?

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Jeff Lane (bladernr) wrote : Re: [Bug 832321] Re: gconf_resource throws an exception if gconftool-2 is not found

On 09/07/2011 06:23 AM, Brendan Donegan wrote:
> How is this bug possible? Checkbox depends on gconf2. Under what
> circumstances is it not installed?

Are you sure about that? For Oneiric, which the bug was opened about:

bladernr@klaatu:~/development/checkbox$ grep -i gconf debian/control;
echo $?

and looking in debian/control

Package: checkbox
Section: python
Architecture: all
Replaces: hwtest (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)
Provides: hwtest
Depends: ${misc:Depends}, ${python:Depends}, debconf, udev
Recommends: dpkg (>= 1.13), lsb-release, pm-utils, python-apport,
python-apt, python-dateutil, python-gst0.10
Suggests: checkbox-cli | checkbox-gtk, bonnie++, bootchart, bzr, cvs,
ethtool, flex, fwts, git-core, hdparm, lshw, make, nmap, obexd-client,
python-pexpect, smartmontools, sox, stress, wodim
Conflicts: hwtest (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)

Package: checkbox-cli
Architecture: all
Replaces: hwtest-cli (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)
Provides: hwtest-cli
Depends: checkbox (= ${source:Version})
Conflicts: hwtest-cli (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)

Package: checkbox-gtk
Section: gnome
Architecture: all
Replaces: hwtest-gtk (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)
Provides: hwtest-gtk
Depends: checkbox (= ${source:Version}), gksu, python-gobject (>= 2.28),
Conflicts: hwtest-gtk (<< 0.1-0ubuntu12)

Same with checkbox 0.11.

And current checkbox-certification.

Perhaps we just assumed gconf2 was installed as it was previously part
of Main and installed by default?

bladernr@klaatu:~/development/checkbox-certification$ apt-cache policy
   Installed: 2.32.2-0ubuntu2
   Candidate: 2.32.2-0ubuntu2
   Version table:
  *** 2.32.2-0ubuntu2 0
         500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/main amd64 Packages
         100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Thats from my Natty system.

Jeff Lane - Hardware Certification Engineer and Test Tools Developer
Ubuntu Ham: W4KDH
Freenode IRC: bladernr or bladernr_
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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote :

What I really meant was that if you install checkbox on a non-Gtk system (e.g. Kubuntu) then it installs gconf2, so it indirectly depends on it. I'm just trying to understand where this bug is.

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Brendan Donegan (brendan-donegan) wrote :

Redirecting STDERR to PIPE in gconf_resource does the trick of avoiding the 'gconftool-2 not found' error being output. Second best solution (nicer would be to allow requires in resource jobs), but does the job.

Marc Tardif (cr3)
Changed in checkbox:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package checkbox - 0.12.7

checkbox (0.12.7) oneiric; urgency=low

  New upstream release (LP: #850395):

  [Brendan Donegan]
  * Redirecting stderr to pipe to fix the gconf_resource script (LP: #832321)
  * Clear jobs directory when user selects No to recover question (LP: #836623)

  [Daniel Manrique]
  * checkbox/job.py: Guard against bogus timeout values (LP: #827859)
  * More explicit handling of string decoding/encoding, avoids problems with
    non-ascii characters (LP: #833747)
  * Changed architecture from all to any for checkbox base, to build
    architecture-specific binaries (LP: #833696)

  [Jeff Lane]
  * Several corrections necessary due to test name changes or typos found in
    job files

  [Marc Tardif]
  * Connecting hyper text widgets only once (LP: #827904)
  * Detecting MMC readers as OTHER instead of DISK (LP: #822948)
  * Validating the hostname in the SSL certificate (LP: #625076)
  * Validating the submission.xml (LP: #838123)
 -- Daniel Manrique <email address hidden> Fri, 14 Sep 2011 17:15:26 -0400

Changed in checkbox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Marc Tardif (cr3)
Changed in checkbox:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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